A new $72-million, 190,000-square-foot, 100-room hotel, with interior designs by Lenny Kravitz Designs, is expected to open in Detroit’s Midtown district in June 2020.
The project, called Temple Detroit, is being developed by Los Angeles-based hospitality company sbe in conjunction with Detroit’s Byzantine Holdings, a boutique development firm whose credits include the Hotel St. Regis and other historic properties. The building was designed in the 1920s by the legendary Albert Kahn.
Temple Detroit is part of sbe’s House of Originals hotel group and will include interior designs by New York’s Lenny Kravitz Designs, an interior design company owned by the singer and songwriter.
“Detroit is a special place with a fascinating history,” says Kravitz. “My connection with the city has been through the decades of music created there. In recent years, I have also become interested in Detroit as a city being reborn. It’s very satisfying as a result for myself and the Kravitz Design team to offer our energy and ideas to the success of the Temple hotel, as well as Detroit.”
In addition to the 100 hotel rooms, the eight-story Temple Detroit will offer 70 residential units and three restaurants and bars.
“Growing up in Detroit, I spent my youth in the bars and music venues of this colorful city,” says Christos Moisides, a partner in Byzantine Holdings. “Living in L.A. for over a decade, the soul of Detroit called me back and has aligned me with this creative team, pooling our talents together to develop Temple.”
Local architect McIntosh Poris is involved in the development, as is the Detroit office of Rockford Construction. Financing is led by Detroit’s Chemical Bank and other assistance has come from Wayne County, the Wayne County Land Bank, the city of Detroit and the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., Michigan Economic Development Corp., Invest Detroit, and InSite Capital.
Temple, located just west of the Masonic Temple, will offer live music and entertainment in a subterranean club and an exclusive Vault Bar. It will have a full-service spa and a rooftop pool and lounge offering a view of the city’s skyline.